“If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.” -Deuteronomy 30:4-5
Here we see a precious promise in Scripture: if we return to the Lord, He will bring us back. That is, if we’ve wondered far away from God, even to “the outmost parts of heaven,” God is still capable of bringing us back and restoring us to fellowship with Him.
The only requirement that God gives to obtain His mercy once again, regardless of the sin, or the distance that has grown between us and God, is to turn back. The Bible says that if we’ve been scattered, and put far from our God, if we will “return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 30:2), then He will take us back!
We must see our desperate state, and turn back to God with all our heart, and with all our soul. Then, God promises, He will gather us back unto Him.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” -Isaiah 55:7
If we return to God, not only will He take us back, but He will also bless us. He will do good to us, and give us a hope and a purpose that He had intended for us to have all along. “[H]e will do thee good…” (Deuteronomy 30:5b).
But not only that, but if we return to God, and serve Him in sincerity with all our heart, He will bless us even more than what our original state of prosperity and happiness was. “[H]e will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 30:5b).
One word that sticks out in the preceding verse is the word above. God says that He will multiply us above our fathers, that is, in the context of this verse, He will bless His people above the measure that He had blessed the obedient generations in the past. God will bless more and more, and get better and better. All this is, of course, dependent on the degree to which we love and serve Him with our whole heart and our whole mind and soul.
One last example of this principle is seen in the rebuilding of the temple, sometimes called the “house of God.” It was glorious in the days of Solomon, yet gradually the people drifted away from God, and eventually they were lead away captive, and the temple was destroyed. Yet when the people returned unto the Lord, God brought them and gathered them back to Jerusalem, and gave them the strength and means to begin rebuilding the temple: and God promised that it would someday be even more glorious than the original.
“Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: . . . The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.” -Haggai 2:3-4, 9